1920s Boutique Hotel on Historical Peachtree Street
Peachtree Street is one of Atlanta's oldest thoroughfares and perhaps its most iconic. Its cobblestone pathways are lined with antebellum mansions, grand movie palaces, and other landmarks that can tell the city’s story in the course of one afternoon stroll. Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone with the Wind in a basement apartment at Peachtree and 10th, and years later the movie version premiered at Peachtree and Forsyth. Built in 1924, The Artmore Hotel faces this historical boulevard with an ornately trimmed stucco façade that calls to mind a Spanish villa. The boutique hotel balances southern decadence with mod decor and contemporary amenities.
An arched breezeway leads to a secluded courtyard, which centers around a stone fountain underneath a canopy of blossoming dogwood trees. Indoors, the hotel’s refurbished guest rooms exude old-school glitz with animal-print rugs, crimson accents, and black-and-white photos of movie stars and tuxedo-clad zebras. Head to the Studio Lounge to sip imported wines or signature martinis while perched on white barstools.
Atlanta: Urban Parks and Renowned Aquarium in Capital of the South
Named 1 of 50 Places of a Lifetime by National Geographic, Atlanta lies near the Chattahoochee River in Georgia's northwest region known for its abundant trees: magnolias, pines, and dogwoods. Despite a metropolitan population of more than five million and what is considered the world's busiest airport by passenger count, Atlanta always seems to offer a relaxing escape. You can stroll through the 185 acres of botanical gardens, hiking trails, and oaks at Piedmont Park, or study one of the country's largest Civil War exhibitions at the Atlanta History Museum.
Anchored by historical Peachtree Street, the city's midtown area boasts a thriving arts-and-culture scene. Opened in 1929, the Fox Theatre features imposing Egyptian architecture and a custom-made organ with a network of 3,622 pipes. Tours take place on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The High Museum of Art spotlights more than 12,000 pieces of contemporary and folk art, ranging from Renaissance paintings to photographs from the civil-rights era. Kids might better enjoy the Georgia Aquarium, located downtown at Centennial Olympic Park. Considered the world's largest aquarium, it boasts more than 8 million gallons of fresh and marine water and over 100,000 animals, including beluga whales, lionfish, whale sharks, bottlenose dolphins, and more.
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